Plane Crash: Cubana Airlines Flight Crashes With 104 People On Board

A Boeing 737 crashed shortly after taking off from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, on Friday, initial reports said. There were 104 people on board.

Plane Crash: Cubana Airlines Flight Crashes With 104 People On Board

It crashed in a field near terminal 1 of the Jose Marti International Airport in southern Havana near the town of Santiago de las Vegas. The plane lay in a farm field near the municipality of Rancho Boyeros and appeared heavily damaged and burnt, with firefighters spraying water on its smoldering remains.

Plane Crash: Cubana Airlines Flight Crashes With 104 People On Board

The flight was headed to the Cuban city of Holguin. An airport employee told the Associated Press workers were told of the crash. The source told CNN that casualties have been reported. Radio Habana Cuba said on Twitter that the plane came down on the “highway” between Boyeros and Havana, near the airport.

Plane Crash: Cubana Airlines Flight Crashes With 104 People On Board

“It seems that there is a high number of victims,” Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said, according to Agence France-Presse. The western city of Holguin is about 500 miles east of the Cuban capital. Cuban state media originally reported that the flight was bound for Guyana.

A photo from the airport posted on social media showed a thick plume of black smoke nearby. The cause of the crash remained unknown. A large fireball followed by a towering plume of smoke was visible near the airport on the outskirts of the Cuban capital, according to witnesses.

Plane Crash: Cubana Airlines Flight Crashes With 104 People On Board

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